Stark was attracted to a Bohemian life from an early age. In his teens
he was listening to Jazz and Old Blues and became interested in the Beats.
Upon discharge from the Army in 1966 he moved to New York Citys
Lower East Side and became a part of the Hippie scene. Before
the Summer of Love, the Lower East Side consisted of disenfranchised artists,
radical politicos and people who wanted little to do with corporate society.
After the Summer of Love left its destructive excess and the
Hippies went back to mom and dad to becomes yuppies James moved back to
California and settled in San Francisco.
For the next several years he continued to make art working in film, painting
and photography. In 1976 he met up with some people who were starting
a rock n roll band and needed some photographs. This began a relationship
with the band Crime creating their logo, posters and continuing to take
photographs of the band. This turned out to be the beginnings of a new
era of rock n roll to be called punk. He was soon documenting the
scene with his photographs appearing in several publications of the era
and published a well received book about those times call Punk77.
His new book, The Band Crime, Punk77 Revisited, was released
in latter part of 2009, published by Last Gasp.
the punk scene lost its terror and was taken over by the suburban crowd
James moved on to other pursuits; motorcycles, painting and a continued
exploration of photography. In the late eighties he became interested
in industrial/city/urban landscapes. Out of this time came his altered
colorized urban cityscapes. After the dot com boom forced him out of the
city he ended up in the rural San Joaquin Valley transposing his unique
vision on the rural landscape.
Stark has been photographing for close to Forty years. His web site, www.jamesstark.com,
contains several portfolios spanning this time period. From the streets
of New York City to punk clubs and back streets of San Francisco to landscapes
of Californias Great Central Valley.
you have an interest in mounting a show or representing Mr. Starks
work please contact him at:
Mail: PO Box 481
Sultana, CA 93666